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No ‘save the DAF’ campaign

15 February 2008 - When Italian cities introduced anti-pollution measures, a broad coalition of supporters campaigned for legislation to have their beloved Fiat 500 exempted. Now that Amsterdam plans to ban cars built before 1992, a similar initiative to save the DAF seems unlikely.

According to la Stampa, environmentalists claimed that one Fiat 500 was as polluting as two hundred modern cars. Nevertheless, in 2004, a coalition uniting post-Fascists with former Communists introduced legislation exempting cars more than 25 years old and under 1,000 cc, effectively saving the 600,000 Fiat 500s from being banned from the cities.

The Amsterdam municipality is expected to announce plans next week to ban cars built before 1992 from the area within the ring road, but Toon van Diepen of the Historic Automobile Association (HAV) is not planning any actions. The DAF Club and Classic DAF did not respond to requests to comment.

Van Diepen does find that cars built before 1978 - recognisable by their dark blue instead of yellow license plates - should be exempted. His organisation has 50 members in Amsterdam who should be able to make trips to de Veluwe or het Gooi. Also, members living outside Amsterdam should be able to participate in activities in the capital.

He does not think that the classic cars will pose a real problem for the city’s air quality, since they are used very sparingly. “The effect of eighty classic cars touring through the city on a Sunday morning is negligible in comparison with traffic during the rest of the week”, he argues.

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